The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began accepting public comments on October 19th for the Gulf Side Snorkeling and Diving Reef Permit applications made by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners. The Permit reference for it is SAJ-2009-3187 (IP-SWA). Comments will be received regarding this permit for 21 days (through November 9th).
The Corps also began accepting public comments on October 29th for the east and west Sound Side Reef Permit applications made by the Commissioners. The Permit reference number for this permit is SAJ-2009-3188 (IP-SWA). Comments will be received regarding this permit for 21 days also (through November 19th).
We encourage the public to comment positively on the need for both of these permits to be approved. Let the Federal Government know that the reefs will have an immediate, large and lasting positive impact on the panhandle area economy, environment, and education on both permit applications. Economically the reefs will increase annual economic output in Santa Rosa County alone by $1.17 Million. The estimated oyster growth on the proposed sound side reefs will create a water filtration capacity of almost 2 Million gallons of water per day and both the sound and gulf side reefs will provide essential marine habitat for juvenile fish species and increase marine biodiversity. Both reefs will be a centerpiece amenity for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and all other area educational institutions and will facilitate learning and research programs from grade school through post graduate studies.
Please reference the permit number(s) when sending your comments. You can send comments in writing by regular mail or email to Mr. Steve Andrews Jr. of the Army Corps.
Email comments can be sent to email@example.com
The physical address for letters is:
Dept of the Army – Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers
Pensacola Regional Office
41 North Jefferson St. Suite 111
Pensacola, FL 32502